After yesterday’s successful evening fishing trip with Greg it was time to tackle those Chippewa River smallies with both he and Milo. I received some intel from a good fishing buddy of mine who lives in northern Wisconsin that he and his wife slammed the smallies on the Chip over the weekend. Over the past several years I have been dedicating more of my time to fishing the Flambeau and have not fished the Chip like I had in the past. I’m glad I took his advice because the smallie fishing indeed was great on the Chip. The section I fished has accumulated a lot more sand over the past couple of decades and to some it might not look like classic river smallmouth habitat. However, looks can be deceiving and many of the fish they caught were on a sandy bottom that included both submerged timber and laydowns anchored against the bank. The fishing was fast and furious during the six hour trip. The biggest smallie was 18½ in. long. They caught fifty-one smallies with well over half the fish being in that fifteen to eighteen inch range. The picture included in this report is a good example of the quality of the fish that they caught today.Tomorrow they are heading to the Flambeau to fish for muskies with “Muskie Joe”.

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